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Growing plants in pots can provide a gardener with many positives that are not available from having the plant in the ground. Having a plant in a pot allows the gardener to move it around relatively easily and to also have a plant growing in locations otherwise not possible - indoors, in apartments ...
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 4 Vegetable Gardening Tips You Need to Know I love gardening! Specifically, I love vegetable gardening. For me, there are few things that give me more pleasure than going down to the patch and harvesting a basket full of fresh produce ready to prepare for the evening meal. But, some people can...
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 Kahili Ginger Description Each year during late summer or early autumn you will be rewarded with beautiful very showy flower spikes that make growing this plant very worthwhile and rewarding. Kahili ginger is an ornamental, tropical plant that will grow to about 2.5m when planted in suita...
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As winter draws near, it's time to think about vegetable gardening. Do you know you can enjoy homegrown vegetables from your garden amidst the chills of winter? Yes, you heard that right. All you need is to choose which vegetables are easy to grow, and those that can withstand even the coldest tempe...
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How to Have Your Plants and Eat Them Too There are few experiences quite like growing your own food. It’s equal parts hard work and leap of faith. You plan, you plant, you water, and you wait. With patience (and sometimes, a touch of luck) you’ll get to make meals with...
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How to Grow Rhubarb Rhubarb is one of those old fashion veggie garden plants that often gets overlooked and forgotten. If you are looking for a productive plant that 'gives' year after year, with only a little bit of care, then this one is for you. About Rhubarb Rhubarb's scientific name...
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Planting Legumes to Replace Soil Nitrogen Hopefully the title of this article has got you thinking ...... legumes fix nitrogen from the atmosphere, so what is he talking about. All of that is true. All legumes have small nodules on their roots that contain many specialised bacteria that convert atmospheric nitrogen...
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Why Should We Prune Annuals? The reason why we tip prune; or as it is also known, dead-head plants is to prolong and maximise their flowering. The reason why tip pruning prolongs flowering is due to the reason why plants flower in the first place - plants flower and then set...
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How to Grow Kale Kale is a very hardy plant to grow in the vegetable patch and is a ’must’ if you haven’t already considered it. It grows best during the cooler months and is very frost tolerant. But get it started in Autumn, you will then be able to enjoy...
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Protecting Seedlings From Rodents In recent times I have had a lot of trouble with rodents eating my newly planted seedlings before they had a chance to really get underway. I have set traps and baits in order to try and deal with them, but I really don't like doing either...
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How to Plant and Grow Turmeric Turmeric is native to South East Asia and is usually recognizable as a bright yellow/orange and pungent spice associated with asian cooking - particularly Indian curries. It is often referred to as a “super food” that has many therapeutic applications. It also has been identified as...
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Why Are My Hydrangeas Pink? Hydrangeas are a beautiful plant, native to temperate areas of Asia and the Americas, but by far the greatest diversity can be found naturally in Asia. If you live in a temperate region, they are are a must for your garden - they are a plant...
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Agapanthus in full bloom are a sign that summer is not far away. Their beautiful colours and shiny green leaves look spectacular in borders and will often be seen along fence-lines, garden beds and bordering drive-ways. They come in a range of colours including the most commonly seen; purple and a r...
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How to Save Seed From Your Garden Saving seed from your garden is a very simple process. However, you do need to do something that is probably in contrast to what you would normally allow happen ..... allow some plants complete their life-cycle and produce seeds. For many gardeners, this means...
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Growing Port Wine Magnolias Port Wine Magnolias (Michelia figo) are commonly grown in many gardens and are a very good choice as hedges or screen plants. However, they are a beautiful shrub and can therefore also be found on their own in ornamental gardens providing a central focal point - so...
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How to Plant and Grow Crepe Myrtles Crepe Myrtles are a very hardy plant that can be grown in most climates. They are native to southeast Asia and northern Australia and are known for their beautiful flowers and amazing mottled trunks. Together, these provide both beauty and interest all year round....
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Using Wood Ash in your Garden Wood ash is a wonderful resource in the vegetable garden and everyone who has easy access to it should use it rather than disposing of it in some other way. It can be nutrient rich and used to improve nutrient access for your garden plants,...
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How to Ripen Tomatoes Late in the Season Have you ever grown tomatoes in your vegetable garden or perhaps in tubs on a balcony? If you haven’t, I guess I have to ask; why not? There are two undeniable facts about growing tomatoes - they are one of the most commonly...
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How to Propagate Plants in a Box With the cooler months in the northern hemisphere approaching, our planting habits change - they need to change. Often this means that we retreat to a greenhouse or bring our gardening indoors. Often this also means that we leave our propagating until the warmer...
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Don't Drown Your Plants - The Importance of Aerated Soils All plants have their own specific needs. What these needs are vary from one plant species to another, but all will mostly include varying amounts of nutrients, water and air. The focus of this article is water, but this is intrinsically...
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